Post-Brexit trade deal negotiations to resume

19 of August, 2020
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Negotiations between the European Union and the UK on a post-Brexit deal are due to resume in Brussels.

The two sides are still far apart on key issues including fishing rights and competition rules.

The trade negotiations are scheduled to continue until 2 October – less than a fortnight before an EU summit.

The EU has reiterated that negotiators must seal any deal “in October at the latest” to allow time for its ratification by member states.

A spokesman for the EU Commission said the EU wants an “ambitious and fair partnership with the UK”.

On Monday, a Downing Street spokesman said the UK government is still confident a deal can be reached in September.

The trade talks resume amid fears of a deadlock, with both sides admitting after the last round of negotiations in London last month that they remained some way off a trade agreement.

After those talks, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said a deal looked “at this point unlikely” given the UK position on fishing rights and competition rules.
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